mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
While this is an overall decent IPA, the finish left a little to be desired. I could have used a little more hops bitterness in the finish, and it was not as dry as I would have liked. I can definitely pick up on the Crayola flavor that the last reviewer wrote about. Itís not as unpleasant as it is strange. Not a bad IPA at all though. I think that the 87 rating is about right.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a medium white head. Good looking beer. Aroma is light citrus and pine hops with a touch of caramel. Taste is pretty much the same, but almost has a waxy, crayon like taste in the finish. Decent bitterness and lingers for a while. Not bad except for the crayola crayons that keep coming to mind.
gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Better than the ESB, this ipa still had a litle of the sweet organic taste at the end but it was masked more by the hops and complemented this style more appropriately.
MrBunn (2372) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pour is a golden copper with a nice and fluffy head. Aromas are citrus and pine with a touch of skunky hops. Flavor is OK, but little more. A bit of what I would call "old hops" with a kind of watery edge to them. Very little balance between malt and hops and just doesnít seem to go anywhere.
presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Great dry hop IPA nose. Dry body. Flavour was hops tending towards woodiness.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle purchased at Belmont Station--Poured a copper-orange body with a small white head. Dry, papery, nutty nose. Pretty boring IPA. Dull hop profile. Caramel, mild pininess and dull as can be. Still drinkable.
patrick767 (3332) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - Pours a lightly hazy orange with a two finger white head. The aroma is mainly of the hops, of course, with a touch of caramel malt. The flavor is led by the hops which are decently crisp but mostly lack the more complex citrus and pine notes I enjoy in many IPAs. Itís medium bodied and well balanced yielding a very drinkable brew, but not a particularly impressive one.
heemer77 (5075) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Medium gold body with a dense off white head. The aroma is some light grapefruit but also some smelly, sweaty gym shorts. There is some acrid strangeness where old sweat is closest descriptor that matches. The taste is light hints of bread crust and salted grapefruit rinds. There is no malt balance for the nasty tasting hops. Another load from Lakefront.
ross (2020) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ryan, thanks! I knew nothing about this beer going in, just that Ryan had sent it to me. Didnít even know such a brewery existed. Pours out a dark brown to orange color with a nice white head on it. Looks alot like two hearted.. Great smell, just like fresh hops and pine with some grassy notes too. Taste was awkward at first and I did not really care for it, some kind of just off flavor that I couldnt quite pinpoint. After I got used to the taste of it, it became much better. Easy to drink, refreshing, slightly bitter, pretty good stuff. I would make this a daily drinker if I could buy it.
valpoaj (606) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apricot pour with a fluffy white head that goes away quickly but leaves ample lacing...very nice looking. Aroma is a nice balance...good level of tropical citrus hops, some piney hops, lots of grapefruit, but some malt to back it all up while not being overwhelming in any aspect. Flavor is nicely balanced as well...loads of citrus (again, tons of light grapefruit) flavor, some pine notes, burnt caramel malts. Interestingly enough, the malt seems to really mix in near the end of the drink, keeping it from ending overly bitter like (at least how I feel as a non-hophead) most other IPAs. Pretty high level of carbonation, but the body on this thing is pretty heavy...very IIPA like! I gotta say, this was a very impressive IPA...one of the best Iíve had from the midwest save Bellís Two Hearted! Great effort Lakefront!